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October 6, 1962

Pasteur and Modern Science

JAMA. 1962;182(1):99. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050400101039

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How are we to find apprentices to follow in our footsteps? How can we win in the competition for the top minds? How can we explain to the young the excitement, the achievements, the inner satisfactions of biology and medicine?

This 150-page paperback by Rene Dubos is a book to be presented to high school graduating classes by county medical societies to help in recruiting medical students. It conveys the supreme pleasure of science and medicine—pleasure without satiation. Can Louis Pasteur's career be analyzed, or are all the conclusions exceptions to the usual course? Pasteur obeyed very few of the rules for being successful. He obviously would have failed his class in social adjustment. He was unsmiling, passionately argumentative, an aggressive showman, and an almost isolated worker with few collaborators. At every step in his life he chose to take a stand against the odds, often at the cost of

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